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From Hogwarts to Kennewick: teams compete for US Quidditch Regional Championship

KENNEWICK, Wash. (KEPR) – Columbia Park isn't much of a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but there was plenty of magic surrounding the Northwest Regional Quidditch Tournament on Saturday.

The sport, originating from the Harry Potter novels and movies, is a magical game with flying contestants. Back in 2005, teams started playing it as an official sport.

“People always want to know about the snitch, or if we fly,” U.S. Quidditch Events Director Mary Kimball laughed.

On Saturday at Columbia Park, teams from Washington, Utah and Idaho competed for the Regional Champ title and a bid to go on to the National U.S. Quidditch Cup.

U.S. Quidditch organizers said it’s exciting to be building a sport from the ground up.

"We're taking the lessons from so many giants before us,” Kimball said. "Whether traditional ones like American football, to the less traditional, like USA Ultimate, which shares a lot of our core values. So, it’s a really exciting time to be involved in this sport because there is so much growth and change, plus the community is very supportive and also inclusive."

The U.S. Quidditch Cup will be held in April in Florida.

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